Anyways, I don't know about you guys, but as soon as fall starts to roll around, all I want are warm, cozy drinks. Since I live in Seattle, I really don't have to walk more than a few blocks to find a good spot to grab a warm drink, but ya'll, those things are expensive!
While I will probably never muster up the ability or courage to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, I can make a mean chai. And guys, it's so easy! And sooooo cheap. And actually really fast, too!
If you are a fan of this dreamy combination of milk, black tea, and warming spices, than you should definitely try this recipe out.
Chai- Makes 2-3 small servings, or 1 very large serving
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/16-1/8 tsp ground clove
- 1/16-1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 4 whole cardamom pods
- 2 whole star anise pods
- 4-5 grinds of black pepper
- 2 bags black tea (I used decaf because caffeine and I aren't friends)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tbsp sugar, or to taste
- 1 cup whole milk (you could also totally use a dairy-free alternative here)
1. In a small pot, combine the water, tea bags, and spices. I usually loop the tea bag strings around the handle of the pot. You could also just remove them.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes.
3. Add the milk and sugar to the mixture, mix, and return to a boil. Once boiled, remove from heat.
4. Pour through a fine mesh strainer and serve. You can pour (or ladle) and strain directly into the cup(s) like pictured above, or you can strain the mixture into a larger container. Up to you!
5. Add more sugar if you wanna! I always make my chai on the less sweet side and then add sugar as desired. I like to do it that way particularly if I'm serving it to guests so they can customize the sweetness of their chai to their liking!
After you've served it up, really all that's left to do is enjoy it. I like to serve my chai up with a good book or a crossword puzzle for a leisurely morning lounging around the house. You could also throw it in a to-go cup and bring it with you for a nice walk, which would be especially great on a crisp fall day.
So, as you can see, Chai is super easy! I hope you guys try making your own this fall!
Til next time!
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